I recently wrote a message on Twitter saying that I was “thinking that newspapers are looking more and more like magazines. And magazines are looking more and more like books.” That thought came out of the following realization:
- Newspapers are trying to stay relevant by doing more in-depth analysis and longer articles (the Focus section of the Globe & Mail is a perfect example). They’re slowly morphing into magazines.
Magazines are still focusing on long articles and analysis but are also doing special topical issues. For example, Philosophie magazine recently published an amazing issue on twentieth-century philosophers. Monocle magazine’s about us section says its “More of a book than a magazine, Monocle’s designed
to be highly portable (it’s lightweight and compact) and collectable (it’s thick and robust)”. They’re slowly morphing into “books”.
- For many people, microblogging is replacing blogging. I had detailed that new phenomenon in a recent blog post.
I also received a couple of responses to my Twitter message. Bruno Boutot said “.. and tweets like blogposts?”. Dylan Fuller added “I
expand blogs R now newspapers or niche ‘zines… thus newspaper to mags to books. what R books becoming? perfect & timeless”. To which I replied that I agreed and that “books are permanent reference markers in time.”
A typical reaction to new competition is to add value to your product, to avoid becoming a commodity and having to fight on price only. I think we’re seeing that reaction on the whole “news” value chain.
- Microblogging is replacing blogging (expressing your thoughts)
- Blogging is becoming newspaper-like (more reporting)
- Newspapers are becoming the new magazines (more analysis)
- Magazines are becoming book-like (more permanent reference material)
- Books are still relevant as reference material
Have you seen the same thing?